I have an m1730 and I am trying to install 2 new drives on it. One being a SSD and one being a 7200 rpm drive.
When i try to boot from the WinXp-64Bit cd and try to install windows it says no drive is detected and try to reseat it.
I tried moving both drives from 0 and 1 and it didn't help. I took the hdd out of this current laptop to put into the m1730 and it didn't work either.
I tried to put the new SSD drive in this laptop. I was able to start the formatting of windows, but didn't start it.
I am not sure if maybe the SATA cable is bad or not, but looking for any insight.
Try this suggestion - which was in reply to another forum member who 'downgraded' from Vista to XP, and whose HDD wasn't being recognised:
Power on, go into BIOS setup and change the hard drive from AHCI to ATA compatible mode.
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I dont wanna be a party pooper by some ssd drives are jsut not ready yeat they have way to many issues going... I want one on my M1730 as well but Im waiting for the right one... Cable no way... as you said your tried it I would dare to say that its the drive but Im no expert on SSD but only what I read form the professional testers I know...